In case you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to check out the November/December issue of Mutineer Magazine. This issue includes a column, authored by yours truly, about sparkling wines—just in time for the holidays. One of the wines included in this article is the Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace – Brut Blanc de Blancs.
“Cremant” is the name given to French dry sparkling wines that are not from the Champagne region, but are made using the traditional sparkling wine method. The full method is far to complicated to explain here, but one of the key differentiators is that it doesn’t go through CO2 carbonation.
“Alsace” is the region of France where this wine is made. So, “Cremant d’Alsace” basically means “sparkling wine from Alsace.” Alsace is considered by many to be one of the best white wine regions in the world, and it is one of my favorite regions. This wine is a great example of why.
This is a nice, soft and clean sparkling wine. Up front it has a slightly floral aroma, along with apple, fig and a touch of citrus. On the palate it’s creamy-smooth and delicious. It has a nice crisp apple flavor and a perfect level of acidity. Bubble-wise, I’d say it’s medium fizzy. The finish is a little on the short side, but that just means you won’t want to wait to take another sip of this superb sparkler.
Wine: Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace
Variety: Sparkling Pinot Blanc
Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.